CROSS Inc, (Christian Residential Opportunities and Social Services) was founded in 1985 by the Peace churches of the Cumberland Valley. Grace Ebersole was instrumental in the formation of CROSS Inc. Leroy and Grace Ebersole have a daughter, Dorcas who has intellectual disabilities. They knew they would need to plan for her future so she rallied the community and CROSS was born. Dorcas still lives at Grace Home (named for Grace Ebersole) today.
In July of 1987 the doors of Grace Home in Pinola opened to four residents. In 1992 in conjunction with the Franklin County Builders Association an additional four rooms were added as well and an office complex. The ministry of Cross expanded to 8 residents.
Griffith House in St. Thomas, Franklin County was given to CROSS in 1996. The property has 150 beautiful acres and six adults call Griffith House their home. House parents provide the security and stability the residents need. Griffith House is licensed for six adults.
Cumberland Visa opened their doors as a third home January, 2006. Eight more residents were added to the CROSS family. Cumberland Vista is in Cumberland County near Dillsburg on the property of Cumberland Valley BiC church.
Although CROSS provides quality care for each of our residents, that is not our primary function. We “do life together” states their Director, Jim Roberts. “We believe that everyone including our residents is created in the image of God, therefore, has great value. As “image bearers” our residents have something to offer the body of Christ. Our residents have something to teach us and we only learn those lessons if we are with them. It is our privilege to “do life together”
CROSS is uniquely Christian in its philosophy and operation. Daily devotions are part of the resident’s life as well as weekly church involvement. CROSS works hard to find staff that understand this unique perspective and support it by their lifestyles.
In addition to the three homes, CROSS sponsors Coffee Houses exclusively for those with special needs as well as two summer camps for youth and adults with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. These are for the residents of CROSS and friends from the community who wish to participate. Both have been very popular and have served as an excellent outreach for CROSS
Your prayers make a huge difference- please continue to hold us up in prayer. Pray for the residents and staff. Pray that we do not miss the lessons God is sending our way. Thank Him with us for His great provision.